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For Communities


We are pleased to provide a Community Engagement Toolbox for those who are interested in bringing the Citizen Minutes series to their community. This toolbox can be used to prompt discussions and activities related to the themes seen in the film series.


The Community Engagement Toolbox was created in partnership with the Toronto Metropolitan Democratic Engagement Exchange.


Feedback from Community Partners

"Skills for Change is pleased to partner with Hot Docs and the Citizen Minutes series. It has been our real pleasure to organize these important film screenings and panel discussions. Given that the topic areas of these films all relate to the work Skills for Change does, we have been able to listen to the stories and hear from the filmmakers and subjects of the films, and our clients and staff have appreciated the opportunity to not only be able to attend a film screening but also understand the social issues that impact them. We have received great feedback from our attendees on the meaningful discussions with the panelists and just the overall opportunity to be a part of this series." 

- Sampada Kukade, Director, Employer Engagement & Partnerships, and Program Marketing, Skills for Change


"The post-screening was such an uplifting conversation - youth and social workers who attended have continued to report back to the screening organizers that it was such a rare and special opportunity to screen such impactful films such as these, and to do so with the film-makers AND community members - all too often, such opportunities feel inaccessible or "off-limits" to people in the community." 

- Stephanie Begun, Co-Founder, Youth Wellness Lab

"Documentary films tell powerful transformative stories but too often those stories are not heard by the people most directly impacted. The Hot Docs Citizen Minutes series tells exceptionally powerful stories that need to be heard. Leading the development of a community engagement toolkit and organizing a community launch event in partnership with Hot Docs and Apathy is Boring for this series has been so exciting because of the potential for these films to inspire other changemakers in communities."

- John Beebe, Senior Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Democratic Engagement Exchange

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